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Welcome to PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, where we ask questions -- then we ask the experts to answer them. Join us as physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.


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Jake Hays

Jake Hays is the program director of the public health nexus for Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE). He is responsible for the management of PSE's library of vetted evidence-based research and resources; review and evaluation of scientific literature; establishment of a database/network of PSE participants; development and overview of particular projects, and communication on the organization's behalf. He has worked as a research associate for Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City on several projects concerning unconventional natural gas development. As a member of the steering committee he helped organize the 2012 conference "Epidemiologic and Public Health Considerations of Shale Gas Production: The Missing Link", which served to stimulate epidemiologic research in this novel energy production method.  He has also interned at Environmental Defense Fund in New York City, where he worked on the formulation of geoengineering research policies and ethical principles, as well as the review and evaluation of legal briefings. He received his BA from Connecticut College and then completed graduate work in environmental philosophy at the University of Montana where he defended a thesis in environmental aesthetics.


Public Health Concerns of Shale Gas Development, June 18, 2012